The Atlantic had a blog post about this the other week - does anyone remember their "Hello" song?
Apparently they were made for 100+ cities.
(Yes, this is 80s so only those of a certain age will recognize.)
I worked at an FM station with the syndicated "Have A Happy Day" campaign. There were jingles, bumper stickers, balloons, tee shirts and buttons with a smiling face. Sponsors had huge signs with the logo in their businesses. "If we spot your bumper sticker, you could be a winner." Most of the times it was a free pizza.
Literally it was the same damn song, apparently, but each city could rewrite lyrics and show images of their city.
Kind of a cool idea.
Think of how many cities have "Eyewitness News" and "Action Central." Same package sold to different markets.
Notice lately that news sets are so blue? That's the result of Focus Groups who said they like the color.
It's funny that in LA, Eyewitness News is ABC and in SF, it is CBS.
I've noticed ABC is blue and NBC is red.
I can't pick up CBS anymore, but I remember before it was sort of a yellowy beige.
This isn't the "Hello" song but I saw this on YouTube.
Either this was the GAYEST commercial producer ever who made this, or there was a whole lot of acid dropped/lines snorted before the concept team came up with this.
(It's kind of cool, though.)
Yes OP and r2, The NBC Atlanta affiliate had their version as well. "It's all right here on 11Alive, all across the countryside, hello Atlanta, hello Georgiaaaaaaaaaaaa, it's right here on 11Alive." To this day, WXIA is known as 11Alive.
Anyone else remember their city's "Hello" song? Is it on YouTube?
Did your news crew inspire Anchorman?
WPIX in New York also used "11 Alive." "4 You," and "7 on Your Side" are used across the country.
What's with the shiny anchor desks reflecting studio lights on the grid?
r9, New York's WCBS-2, WNBC-3, WNYW-5, WPIX-11. Also saw shiny desk on a Philadelphia station.
Hello Piedmont, Hello Piedmont, TV12 Loves you!
Piedmont=Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point
In New Orleans, we just had a talking crawfish that sauntered out on the screen and said "How y'all Doin!?" and walked away as the Eyewitness News logo appeared.
I always imagined that crawfish walked right off the stage and into a boiling pot of seasoned water.
WBTV Charlotte had really great promos. "WBTV, Looking Better all the Time!"
Love it - I completely forgot about that promo. Watching the Nashville version brought the whole thing back to me. Of course, in our little town, the closest major market was two & a half hours away. I grew up with a major connection to Baltimore even though I lived in a little town by the shore.
(R5) John Hambrick was a total fox and had pussies and mussies soppy and twitching all over Cleveland back then. He was so popular that after he left for NYC they brought his stockier, less attractive brother John in to anchor. Don Webster the weatherman was a former dancer with a big bulge and had a compact tight body and had his own following.